Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Snag great items with or without a membership card via MetroMart

Here's what to buy from S&R Exclusives!

Snag great items with or without a membership card via MetroMart

Spring cleaning, pre-summer prep, or maximizing your monthly food supplies, you can score amazing, unique and value-for-money items with S&R Exclusives via MetroMart. Plus, there are lots of fabulous promos like discounts of up to 50% off and Buy 1 Get 1 on select items all through the month! Here are some ideas for products and projects for this March.

Kitchen appliances. It’s time to double down on Cooking and Baking 101 and cook up a storm in your kitchen. You can start simple with a blender and stove, or maybe level up and get a food dehydrator, steam iron or ice cream maker. While you're at it, check out the other home gadgets that you can upgrade, from shavers & beard trimmers, to air purifiers and electric fans. Are the gizmos available for a Buy 1 Get 1 deal? Pair up with a friend and cook, bake or deep-clean in your homes together!

Stay-Cool Summer Foods. Cool down at home and share cold drinks and treats with the fam. Try different kinds and flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet - at great discounted rates! - with mouth-watering flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Banana, Neapolitan, Praline Butter Cake, Double Strawberry Swirl, Mango & Raspberry, Peach Yogurt, and Rum Raisin.

Spring Cleaning Gear. The onset of a new season is a great time to declutter and refresh your home. Take advantage of the discount prices on storage containers, Egyptian cotton bed sheet sets, bath mats, disinfecting wipes, non-scratch scouring pads, and even milk tea-scented air fresheners. It may not sound glamorous, but having a sleek new stainless steel step garbage can might make all the difference and inspire you to keep your surroundings cleaner than ever.

Fresh Produce. S&R offers great prices for fruits and vegetables in season and at their peak freshness. You can buy by the kilo or smaller quantities that are just right for your household. Stock up on Red Onions, White Onions, Lemons, Leeks, Australian Broccoli, Japanese Cucumber, Seedless Crimson Grapes, Baguio Strawberry, US Raspberry, and so much more. Plus, you can get these with or without an S&R membership card via online delivery with MetroMart, so that’s twice the convenience and cost efficiency!

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include S&R (with or no membership card required),  Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, No Brand, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys”R”Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok at @metromartph. Order groceries online or download the app via 

MetroMart Philippines is the #1 on-demand online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include S&R (no membership required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, No Brand, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys R Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in less than 2 hours! Over 160,000 products are available with our 500+ partner supermarkets and partner specialty stores. 

Order your groceries through, or download the app on iOS or Android app store.

Canva Launches Canva for Campus for Colleges and Universities

Canva announces the launch of Canva for Campus, its new college and tertiary education offering, bringing the power of visual communication to colleges and universities around the world.

"As visual communication becomes a part of everyday life, there has never been a more important time for classrooms around the world to embrace the power of digital and design literacy. Not only is visual communication an essential skill for today’s workplace, but it’s also an enabler for creativity and collaboration," said Cameron Adams, Canva co-founder, and chief product officer.

"Creativity and collaboration are skills that become even more crucial for university students. With Canva for Campus now becoming available in the Philippines too, we are excited to see how it will empower Filipino college students as they step into their future careers," said Yani Hornilla-Donato, Canva Philippines country manager.

With Canva for Campus, Canva brings the power of its entire visual communication platform to colleges and universities through a new subscription. From team management and collaboration to brainstorming and its entire Visual Worksuite, Canva for Campus brings all of the magic from its fully-fledged Canva for Teams product, designed with schools and universities in mind. 

All college and university institutions across the globe can now unlock free access to Canva for their students when they begin purchasing Canva for Campus licenses for staff. Depending on the size of the student population, colleges, and universities with a certain number of staff licenses graduate into a full Canva Campus, unlocking free access to the platform for entire student cohorts. You’ll only ever need to pay for staff accounts.

Game-changing learning just got easier 

Canva makes it easier than ever to facilitate collaborative, interactive, and exciting learning experiences with the added advantage of helping students develop digital literacy skills along the way.

With Canva for Campus, students can create compelling assignments, eye-catching resumes, and visually engaging portfolios – so whether it’s for a school assignment or a personal project, Canva’s visual communication suite has it covered. Canva for Campus includes access to rich data visualization tools, making it a whole lot easier to create stunning and informative visual research reports.

Whether students are learning on campus or at home, Canva’s intuitive drag-and-drop editor has been designed for every kind of device. With access to millions of educational templates and more than 100 million different design assets, Canva for Campus makes it easy for students to create engaging content while also effortlessly collaborating with peers, brainstorming ideas, leaving feedback, and assigning tasks for group projects – all without leaving Canva.

Supercharging collaboration and communication for faculties 

Canva for Campus is designed to empower teachers and faculty staff too. Through its integration with popular learning tools including Microsoft Teams, Canvas, Blackboard, and Brightspace; every team and faculty department can reduce overhead and maximize collaboration. Its collaboration and media library tools make it easy to seamlessly design across groups and departments with 1TB of storage to organize files, graphics, and videos.

Canva for Campus also takes the guesswork out of maintaining a great brand. Simply upload the brand fonts, colors, and logos to create Brand Kits that can be used across faculty departments or share premade templates that allow everyone to create their content while maintaining brand consistency. For college and university marketing teams, Canva makes it easy to streamline communications with templates for newsletters, social media posts, and student enrollment materials. 

To sign up or learn more about Canva for Campus, check out

About Canva

Launched in 2013, Canva is a free online visual communications and collaboration platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast range of templates ranging from presentations, social media graphics, posters, and apparel to videos, plus a huge library of fonts, stock photography, illustrations, video footage, and audio clips, anyone can take an idea and create something beautiful. Canva is available on desktop, web, iOS, and Android.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Rex Education's AECON 2023 gathers over 20,000 Edukampyons online for learning resilience

What awaits on the other side of learning recovery? 

This is the question the Annual Educators’ Congress (AECON) 2023 recognized and answered during the 2-day event, held virtually recently. Under the banner “Learning Recovery to Learning Resilience,” AECON attracted over 20,000 education thought leaders, policy-makers, and practitioners to convene and discuss emerging education topics and trends, and most importantly, to continue the efforts toward learning resilience.

AECON 2023 endeavored to support DepEd’s objective of expanding the knowledge base of learning recovery by fostering resilience among learners and education ecosystems. Drawing inspiration from the agency’s 2030 Basic Education Development Plan (BEDP), the event touched on themes of quality and inclusive education, learner empowerment, and positive learning environments. 

“In a sense, this is an affirmation for us that what we are doing contributes to larger nationwide goals,” REX Chief Executive Officer Don Timothy I. Buhain said in his opening speech. “This affirmation fuels us to be more eager and willing contributors—a feeling and sentiment we wish to share with all of you.”

Learning from the experts 

AECON featured renowned local and international speakers across different disciplines. Delivering the keynote address was Hon. Gina O. Gonong, DepEd’s Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching. 

The plenary sessions kicked off with Dr. Yolanda Quijano, Chief of Party of Project Gabay, covering the topic “Expanding Access to Education for Groups in Situations of Disadvantage to Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Service Delivery.” Dr. Quijano highlighted how disadvantaged youth often have limited access to formal education. She named children in geographically isolated or disadvantaged areas (GIDA), youth from indigenous cultural communities (ICC), Muslim students, and persons with disabilities as some of the sectors that are left behind. 

Also present was Dr. Alison Atwell, an International Whole School Improvement Consultant, in a session on the “Teacher's Tool Box: Six Essential Tools to Achieve Comprehensive Student Growth.” Dr. Atwell elaborated on different instruments education professionals could use in optimizing classroom success, namely, creative interactive teaching, positive physical school environment, inclusive classrooms, participative shared leadership, supportive school culture, and engagement with family and community. 

AECON capped off its plenary sessions with Dr. Amy Berry, an International Education Consultant and author of “Reimagining Student Engagement: from Disrupting to Driving”, and her talk on “Pivoting to Quality, Ensuring That All Learners Attain Learning Standards in Every Key Stage in the K to 12 Program.” Berry focused on what she called building blocks that develop the language, partnership, and process of engagement within one’s classrooms. Each aspect was coupled with concrete actions such as the development of teachers’ effective communication, collaboration with stakeholders, and activation of fundamental skills that could facilitate learning. 

In all, Ms. Rita Atienza, Director of the Ateneo Teacher Center, facilitated the Q&A segments after each plenary session. 

Aside from the different talks, participants also had the freedom to choose 2 from the 10 breakout sessions covering varying topics regarding basic education, early childhood care and development, and higher education. These sessions were co-organized by several partner organizations within the sector and allowed attendees to deepen their experience through topics of their interests. 

Organizations that facilitated breakout sessions were the Early Childhood Care and Development Council, Pambansang Samahan sa Linggwistika at Literaturang Filipino, Ink., Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas, the College of Graduate Studies and Teacher Education Research of Philippine Normal University, the Organization of Social Studies Teachers in the Philippines, the Reading Association of the Philippines, the Values Education Department of the College of Education of the University of the Philippines, the Association of Philippine Schools Overseas, the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, and the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities.

Paving the road for recovery and resilience 

The congress formally concluded with a synthesis session from Dr. Jerome Buenviaje, Dean of the College of Education, University of the Philippines - Diliman. "We have to understand that resilience is a weapon to fight for empowering our learners [and] creating positive learning environments, so that we will attain quality and inclusive education," he said. "In looking forward to learning resilience, tatayo tayo, dahil tayo ay Pilipino (we will recover because we are Filipinos).” 

Over the years, AECON has served as a testament to Rex Education’s commitment to service to the public and the country. “The worst may have been behind us, but the journey to learning recovery and on to learning resilience is far from over. And what a joy to have you all as traveling companions,” Buhain said of AECON attendees, who he addressed as Edukampyons, or champions of education. “Ultimately, it will be all of us who will make the difference.” 

Through AECON and the strength of Edukampyons, Rex Education remains committed to the journey, from learning recovery to learning resilience.   

Stay updated by following Rex Education’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

April 9 ‘Araw ng Kagitingan’ Ride commemorates 81st year of Bataan Death March

KM-0: marker located in Mariveles, Bataan marks one of the two places in Bataan where Bataan Death March started.

KM-44: This marker located in the Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga is the main assembly point of Filipino and American soldiers who were forced to march from Bagac and Mariveles in Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga where they were taken in cramped trains to Capas, Tarlac.

The Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) invites everyone to join the Ride for Valor, a bike-for-a-cause event to raise funds for the maintenance of the Bataan Death March markers and other World War 2 heritage sites. This year, Ride for Valor is slated on April 9, 2023 or Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), also known as the 81st Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan and the start of the Death March.

Mike Villa-Real, PVB first vice president for marketing and communications, said the event, which is in partnership with the Department of National Defense, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Provincial Government of Bataan and Wartime Heritage Guild-Philippines, aims to preserve the legacy of Filipino and American soldiers who fought for freedom and democracy during World War 2. 

"The Bataan Death March is a somber reminder of the bravery and selflessness of Filipino veterans during the Second World War. It is an essential part of Philippine history and culture, and the Ride for Valor is an important way of honoring the veterans and preserving their legacy. Plus rider get to learn more about this historic event as they will be be traversing the actual route of the Death March," he said.

The ride is open to fully vaccinated cyclists and all types of bikes with brakes. 

Villa-Real said the event will start at 6 a.m. from the Kilometer Zero in Mariveles, Bataan, to Capas National Shrine in Tarlac. 

The non-competitive bike ride will have four pitstops: Mt. Samat, Balanga Provincial Capitol’s The Bunker, San Fernando Train Station, and Angeles Museum. Giveaways will be given in selected pitstops. 

Villa-Real said participants may ride at their own pace, adding there will be a 12-hour cut-off during the event.

He noted that the event will also implement a "No Helmet, No Ride" policy to ensure the safety of the participants.

Villa-Real also said a mechanic will be available to help those who encounter mechanical difficulties, while roving marshals will be present to keep track of the riders' progress. Support vehicles are allowed, but riders should only ride in the vehicle if they choose to drop out of the event.

The registration fee for the Ride for Valor is P1,000, which includes an official event shirt, a race bib, a trucker cap, a loot bag, an e-certificate, and meals. 

Interested individuals may register online at until April 4, while groups may email .

Participants may also register onsite at RD Cycles Libis Branch and RD Cycles Timog Branch. 

Those who will join the bike ride must download the Traqs Philippines app to enter the event. 

"Prior to the bike ride, we will be raffling off an overnight stay for lucky joiners, and on April 9, we will be giving two bikes as well as hotel gift checks and other exciting prizes to our raffle winners," Villa-Real added.

Organized by Without Limits PH - IGEM, Ride for Valor 2023 is co-presented by Traqs Philippines, OneLGC, AIR21, Panahon.TV, and the Integrated Waste Management Inc. Sponsors include Neo Zigma PH, Hotel Sogo, Booster C Energy Shot, and Fitbar.

The Bataan Death March is one of the darkest chapters in Philippine history, where around 80,000 Filipino and American soldiers were forced to march more than 100 kilometers in grueling conditions by Japanese forces in 1942. 

Thousands of soldiers survived but many also died due to starvation, dehydration, diseases, and the brutality of Japanese captors. The markers serve as reminders of the tragedy and heroism that occurred during that period. 

PVB is a private, commercial bank owned by World War 2 veterans and their families. With Its new Charter signed into law, the Bank's ownership now includes Post War Veterans and AFP Retirees. 

For more information about the event, follow Ride for Valor on Facebook at

Monday, February 27, 2023

Thousands flock to One Stop Record Fair at Estancia, celebs spotted digging vintage records

One Stop Record Team with Sari Osorio in the middle

Thousands of record enthusiasts, vinyl aficionados, and music lovers visited the One Stop Record Fair at Estancia Mall in Pasig in February, with celebrities spotted joining the event hosted by Collectors Con. 

The event featured 25 record sellers offering discounted vinyl pieces, rare OPM CDs, music-themed t-shirts, and audio gear to visitors. “Filipinos love a good bargain. Music enthusiasts go crazy for discounted quality vinyl records. There is a sense of anticipation to get first dibs on rare items and we are happy that we were able to provide a good time to our visitors and our merchants,” Collectors Con Lead Sari Osorio said. 

Among the interesting titles spotted on sale were Clair Marlo/Let it go, Beatles Limited Edition 1996  issue, Michael Jackson Thriller, New Order Substance, Rex Smith's Sooner or Later, Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits, Metallica Death Magnetic, Everything but the Girl EP. "Missing", Pheripheral Version "Turn Over", Ramones "I Wanna be Sedated", Simply Red's "Stars", Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains the Same" For OPM, spotted are Sampaguita, The best of Apo Hiking, Kuh Ledesma's Kuh's Magic, Juan dela Cruz Super Sessions, and Arthur Manuntag's "Timeless". 

Music filled the entire place with DJ sets and rock bands from morning until evening, setting the mood for all music lovers. Upcoming artist Liza Uraning of DB Brothers rocked the scene when she sang the cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know". 

Khalil Ramos

Thy Holy Water led by 90s rock band former Piranha vocalist Mike Bewer also graced the event with their signature rock and roll music. The crowd sang their hearts out as Bewer played the cover of Jimi Hendrix's “Purple Haze.”

Media personality Emil Sumangil was ecstatic because it was his first time joining the One Stop Record Fair. GMA 7's Khalil Ramos was also spotted digging records at the event.

Xian Jesus Navarro, a 10-year-old kid happy and proud of his dibs 

There were fresh faces and younger buyers in the crowd. One of them is Xian Jesus Navarro, a 10-year-old who spent his savings from school for his dibs. He got different titles like Black Pink, Lalalisa, and more. 

“We strive to bring in more merchants to provide more options for our visitors. The recent One Stop Record Fair featured more vinyl titles and rare finds that piqued the interest of the crowd. It is my advocacy to bring all the record enthusiasts together in one fair,” Osorio said. 

She added that it is her passion for music, which started during her marketing stint at NU107, that fuels her to mount events like the One Stop Record Fair. 

“We want to create more events to celebrate music and promote the record industry here in Manila and the rest of the Philippines,” Osorio said. 

The second leg of the One Stop Record Fair is slated for June. 

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Have a Healthy Summer with MyPharma Essentials

Summer has begun and it is time to make sure that you are in top form for your outings with family and friends. No one wants to miss out on having fun under the sun because of sickness, so your best defense is to make sure that you are at the peak of health during vacation time. 

One way to have a healthy glow all summer long is to protect your health with the regular check-ups and by having your healthcare essentials on hand. MyPharma makes it easier to have a healthy summer with your supplements and generic and branded medicine needs ready for delivery to your doorstep. 

There’s no need to go out and line up for your healthcare products as it is so convenient to order securely from the MyPharma online pharmacy that offers free delivery for orders P1,500 and above. It is backed by the reliability of the DyGen Pharma Distribution Corp., which ensures that all products are safe, authentic, and properly handled and stored.   

Among the items in its online shop categories are vitamins, health supplements, over-the-counter medications and treatments, and even a special section for Mom and Baby. There’s also a skincare line that will help you achieve that summer glow-up just in time for those beach days. Of course, when you head out on a trip, it is also wise to have a first aid kit on-hand with OTC medicines and handy emergency supplies in your carry-on luggage. All these items are available at the MyPharma store.  

Enjoy seamless and straightforward service, with items packed securely and delivered on time from the MyPharma website at and to find out more about its latest products and promos, visit the official MyPharmaPH Facebook and Instagram sites. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Jolly Empowers Home Cooks By Feeding Their Creativity In The Kitchen

They say the easiest way to someone's heart is through the stomach. For many homemakers, especially moms, this is very much true the moment they step into the kitchen. One simply gets an unexplainable feeling when you put the time and effort into preparing something special for the people who matter to you the most. The same also goes, of course, if you’re at the receiving end of such a selfless effort.  

While moms are real geniuses in the kitchen, however, there are also some downtimes when inspiration can run low. Fortunately, Jolly is here to curb that challenge for our home cooks. As the leading brand of packed fruit and vegetable products, Jolly  brings convenience straight into our pantries by giving us easy access to fresh ingredients. The brand—which was born from the vision of empowering homemakers and unlocking their creative potential in the kitchen—has continuously enabled this by providing freshly packed fruits and vegetables straight into our pantries. This convenience, combined with the high quality of its products, has made Jolly a market leader in its industry and a top choice among home cooks.  

Stephanie Lontoc of StefTheMomma

To prove this, we had some moms take on the challenge of creating something special for their loved ones using some of Jolly’s best-sellers. Stephanie Lontoc of StefTheMomma shared one classic dish that never fails to impress her family—Creamy Beef with Mushrooms made with beef sirloin and her go-to Jolly Mushrooms and Jolly Cream of Mushroom Soup! It’s the perfect dish to make if you want to impress without spending too much time in the kitchen as it can only take thirty minutes to prep and cook! Watch her quick recipe here to cop it.  

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Nish Ching of Dyosa The Momma

Dyosa The Momma is another big fan of the tatak Jolly love. For her, she loves how she can still make healthy but also affordable dishes that never fail to be big hits for her family. One of her go-to recipes is Pork Picadillo which is perfect for all types of occasions . The dish is colorful, easy to make, and most of all, delicious and healthy. Go watch her recipe here  

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For the recipe, she used Jolly Premium Sliced Mushrooms, Jolly Green Peas and Jolly Garbanzos to make sure that the dish is bursting with flavor and nutrition. More than the convenience and easy access to these ingredients, she also loves how Jolly makes everything easier for the budget.  

“With a growing family, dapat mas mindful na tayo sa gastos. Kaya hindi dapat mahal ang delicious meals. Konting creativity lang, pwedeng i-level up ang delicious meal. Kapag nabibigay mo ang sarap at sustansya, yan ang Jolly Love.”  

Peachy Adarme of The Peach Kitchen 

Versatility is also something that’s very important in the kitchen. Thankfully, with easy access to fresh ingredients, you will never run out of dishes to try. The Peach Kitchen proves this by creating her version of Ginataang Gulay using Jolly products . She shares, “Isa sa paraan natin ng pagpaparamdam ng pagmamahal natin sa pamilya natin ay ang pagluluto natin para sa kanila. Kaya naman as much as possible gusto natin na masarap at healthy ang hinahanda natin para sa kanila.”  

Check out her recipe below: (video link: )  

Jolly is a brand that was created by a family for families. Since its conception, it knows that when it comes to expressing love, Filipino households use the language of food to make connections and express their emotions. Still the undisputed leading brand of freshly packed fruits, vegetables, and other pantry essentials, it continues to fulfill its promise of empowering home cooks by expanding their creativity in the kitchen through its wide range of products. When you put your heart into every food you make and when you never run out of ideas in the kitchen, #YanAngJollyLove!  

Shop your favorite Jolly products in  leading supermarkets nationwide or online via Ace Market, Lazada, and Shopee. Don’t forget to follow their Instagram and Facebook accounts to keep updated on their latest news and offers.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Intellectual Property Law Enforcement, Student Academic Groups, Publishers Sign Statement Of Cooperation Against Content Piracy

(L to R) Jesus Manapat - National Bureau of Investigation, Stephen Floyd Abuso Gopez – Executive Vice president - Association of law students of the Philippines, Atty. Rowel Barba - Director - Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Dean Lilibeth Aragon - President - association of administrators in Hospitality, hotel and restaurant management educational institution and Atty. Dominador Buhain - Chairman Rex Education

Rex Education hosted a press conference recently, bringing together key organizations committed to educating people about piracy and stopping the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content.

Present at the event were leaders and representatives from the Philippine Association of Law Schools, the Association of Law Students of the Philippines, , the Legal Education Board, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, the National Book Development Board, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines, the National Bureau of Investigation, Association of Administrators in Hospitality Hotel and Restaurant Management Educational Institution, the Philippine Librarians Association, the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business, the Philippine Association of Collegiate Schools of Business, Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators, Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines, Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities and the Philippine Educational Measurement and Evaluation Association.

Piracy is defined as the unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content, including but not limited to books, movies, music, and the like. In the Philippines, anti-piracy legislation is strengthened by Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines that protects and secures the exclusive rights of scientists, inventors, artists and other gifted citizens to their intellectual property and creations.

The press conference is a part of REX’s anti-piracy campaign, which was launched last September 16, 2022 at the Manila International Book Fair. The primary objective of the campaign is to curb, if not eradicate, content piracy by educating, communicating, and instilling among our colleagues, families, and children a true appreciation of the value of one’s own work. REX’s efforts in this direction are also in recognition and support of the relentless hard work of intellectual property law enforcement agencies in the country.

“We should continue to educate, communicate, and instill among our colleagues, families, and children a true appreciation of the value of one’s own work. In this sense, we are all duty-bearers. But above that, we are Filipinos,” said Atty. Dominador Buhain, chairman of Rex Education. “ Aside from our laws, what also binds us are our values, our sense of pakikipagkapwa, of  pagpapakatao, our pride in our own work, and our respect for each other and of each other’s work.”

Over the past year, the campaign has gained the attention of various organizations with similar sentiments. Stakeholders from the education sector, along with consumers and learners, have all come together to express their support for the movement. Above all, there is a call to protect creators and all their intellectual property in all its forms.

“Throughout our rich history, we recognize and respect one truth about what we do: We are able to accomplish so much because of our people. REX has immense pride for the talented and hardworking individuals who pour their creativity, knowledge, and skills in the development of our learning materials, and these are not limited to books,” said Atty. Dominador Buhain, chairman of Rex Education.

For more information regarding REX’s efforts, feel free to watch the “Proud Ako” anti-piracy campaign video that was launched at MIBF 2022. Visit to support Rex Education in its endeavor of protecting the publishing industry.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Grab turns to Gold for Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection launch

Kenny Rogers Roasters partners with Grab for the launch of its luxurious Truffle Collection.

Have you seen a golden Grab car or riders roaming the busy streets of Metro Manila lately? If you’re wondering what they’re up to, here’s what you need to know: Kenny Rogers Roasters launched its luxurious Truffle Collection last January 16, 2023, and to celebrate this exciting new offering, Kenny Rogers Roasters has partnered with Grab to dress up its Grab cars and riders in gold to get everyone excited.

Grab riders in their full golden get-up ready to complete customers’ Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection experience.

If you order the Kenny Rogers Roasters Truffle Collection, be ready for a deluxe  delivery experience by a Grab rider dressed in a complete get-up of golden motorcycle, jackets, helmets, and face masks! What a luxurious way to start off your truffle experience. Kenny Rogers Roasters will also have a Grab Car covered in gold that will surely be an eye-catcher in the streets of Manila. 

Available in all Kenny Rogers Roasters nationwide starting January 16, 2023, you can choose from a variety of options under the Truffle Collection including the signature juicy Truffle Roasted Chicken, which is marinated in truffle extracts & drizzled with truffle oil and served with buttermilk sauce.  It’s wrapped in gold foil to seal in the distinct truffle aroma. 

You can have it solo where each Truffle Roast Solo B plate (P300) comes with soulful and flavorful quarter roast chicken, a choice of two side dishes, rice, and muffin; or share it with family or friends with the Truffle Roast Group Meal (P1,065) which includes a whole roast, four side dishes, four cups of rice, four muffins, and 1.5 liter soda. 

But apart from its Truffle Roasted Chicken, the Kenny Rogers Roasters’ Truffle Collection also offers the Truffle Mac & Cheese, a soulful and flavorful truffle pasta topped with creamy truffle sauce and freshly-chopped parsley. It’s available in solo serving (P180) and platter (P539).

For meat-lovers, there’s the juicy and tender Truffle Steak – a grilled striploin steak paired with creamy truffle sauce. Each Truffle Steak plate (P590) comes with premium steak, a choice of two side dishes, rice, and muffin.

Kenny Rogers Roasters also dressed up a Grab Car in gold, which roamed around the busy streets of Manila to celebrate the launch of the Truffle Collection.

Enjoy Kenny Rogers Roasters’ all-new Truffle Collection for dine-in, takeout, or delivery through, hotline: 8-555-9000, or partner aggregators. 

For more updates, follow Kenny Rogers Roasters’ official social media pages: @KennyRogersPH on Facebook, @kennyrogersph on Instagram, @kennyrogersofficial on Tiktok, and Youtube (

Monday, February 13, 2023

Heart above all!

Be careful with your hearts

Dr. Dex Macalintal and Ajinomoto share tips for better heart health

Did you know: aside from being known as the month of love, February is also Philippine Heart Month. The yearly celebration aims to promote cardiovascular health and wellness.

As part of its continuing mission to help Filipinos live well, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC Group) has teamed up with lifestyle doctor Dr. Dex Macalintal in promoting healthy heart education by providing easy and simple ways to keep the heart in tip top shape.

Dr. Dex Macalintal, a registered nutritionist dietitian in practice for about 10 years and a licensed physician for 4 years, shared that Filipinos should practice, “heart above all.”

He noted that when our hearts malfunction, our actions will be limited and so will our productivity. Dr. Dex also highlighted that our hearts help us orchestrate how blood flows in the body which helps our other organs function properly.

In the Philippines, heart disease is the leading cause of death. In 2022, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that over 9,000 Filipinos succumbed to ischaemic heart diseases and over 4,000 died due to cerebrovascular diseases.

“Together with Dr. Dex, we want to share how Filipinos can take better care of their hearts by encouraging healthy eating habits and improving our physical health,” APC Group General Manager Corporate Planning and Public Relations Roann Co said.

Tip #1: Do not smoke, never smoke, or If you smoke, QUIT. NOW. Studies have proven that chemicals in cigarettes put the heart at risk of heart diseases. Blockage from a clot can lead to a heart attack and to some extent sudden death.

Tips #2 & #3: Exercise regularly and maintain your weight. Dr. Dex recommends having at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise daily to help achieve our ideal body weight to minimize the risk of hypertension and stroke.

Tip #4: Keep a balanced diet.  A diet rich in vegetables, less fat, and less in sodium has already been proven to reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol which are known culprits for putting your hearts at risk of diseases. Dr. Dex shares “Kaya naman, having a balanced diet is very essential in taking care of our health. Mainam na malaman kung gaano karami lamang ang pwedeng kainin so that our weight will be in the ideal range, putting us at the safe zone from lifestyle related diseases.”

To help Filipinos take better care of their heart health, APC Group launched its BawAsin® campaign which aims to help homecooks serve less sodium dishes.   One practical way is to lessen the usage of salt and use AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning.  AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning contains only 1/3 amount of sodium compared to table salt, sodium intake can be reduced by up to 40% while maintaining overall deliciousness of food.

“The goal of the BawAsin® Campaign is to reduce salt intake which is a preventive move to reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Creating less sodium and balanced meals through this campaign can help our community decrease the cases of heart disease and other non-communicable diseases,” Dr. Dex said, “Our continuous exposure to processed foods that are very rich in sodium and salt can put one at risk of these lifestyle-related diseases. Reducing salt and sodium intake just by ½ can be very helpful in the long run,” he added.

The BawAsin® or Bawasan ang Asin campaign is a reflection of the brand’s “Eat Well, Live Well” promise, which aims to help families improve their health by providing ways on how to prepare healthy and delicious meals. These initiatives are in line with the company's ultimate goal of extending the life expectancy of 1 billion people.

“With one simple step such as reducing sodium intake can help us take better care of our heart and overall health. With the tips shared by Dr. Dex and the recipes from our BawAsin campaign, we can live a healthier lifestyle while making sure we have delicious meals every single time,” said Co.

For more information about the BawAsin® campaign, visit

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Power Mac Center treats music lovers to special Valentine’s Day deals

Also score exciting discounts on training and services

Looking for a special gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Or a little something your music-loving heart has been wanting? Head on over to Power Mac Center stores and online to find “the one” you’re looking for.

The Apple Premium Reseller is holding a special Valentine’s Day promo, including up to P1,500 off on AirPods, 30% discount on AirPods premium cases, and up to 50% off on participating premium earphones from partner brands Defunc, Marley, Sudio, and Urbanista.

“Like love, music is a universal language. This month, Power Mac Center is celebrating Filipinos’ passion for music by extending big discounts on premium audio accessories that pair perfectly with your favorite Apple devices. Upgrade or make the switch to experience the best quality of sound, so you can sing your heart out whatever mood or situation you’re in,” said Joey Alvarez, Power Mac Center Director of Product Management and Marketing.

Get the AirPods (3rd gen) at P1,000 off when you pay via non-installment modes at any Power Mac Center or The Loop branch nationwide, or online via the Viber Store, Lazada, Shopee, and SM Malls Online app. Promo runs until February 19, 2023 only. Meanwhile, you can cop the AirPods (2nd gen) at P1,500 off in the same channels until February 28, 2023.

You can also snag 30% off on participating premium AirPods cases from Elago, Lab.C, and Laut when bought together with AirPods at any Power Mac Center, The Loop, and Mobile Care Service Centers nationwide and at <> until February 19, 2023.

Moreover, a wide selection of in-ear, wireless, and noise-cancelling earphones and earbuds in a variety of colors are slashed up to 50% off retail price. These are available via non-installment modes at all Power Mac Center, The Loop, and Mobile Care Service Centers nationwide, Web Store, and The Loop by Power Mac Center on Lazada and Shopee from February 11 to 19, 2023.

Valid non-installment payment methods include cash, straight credit card, debit card, bank transfer, check, GCash, GrabPay, WeChat, AliPay, Maya, Hello Money, UnionPay, BDO Pay, ShopeePay, QRPH, Power Mac Center eGift Certificate, Home Credit with interest, UpTrade trade-in value/voucher, BillEase, 1 Infinite Access points, and Power Mac Center Gift Certificate.

Two-for-one on training and services

BasecampPower Mac Center’s official training arm, is also joining the Valentine’s celebration. Customers can avail of any course at the regular price and bring a companion for FREE! That’s right, it’s two for the price of one, and you can choose from a wide range of creative and technical courses.

Select training courses are also discounted at 20% off. These include macOS Fundamentals, Technical Troubleshooting, Apple Device Support, Apple Deployment and Management, iOS/iPadOS Fundamentals and Troubleshooting, Mac and Windows Integration Basics, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and App Development with Swift. Sessions are conducted by Apple Certified Trainers every Monday to Fridays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except for declared holidays.

These promos are available from February 11 to 19, 2023 only, but the training itself can be scheduled with a Basecamp authorized representative until March this year.

Meanwhile, Power Mac Center’s service arm, Mobile Care, is extending discounts on diagnosis and software fees if you bring with you someone who also needs a repair or software fix for their Apple device. The two devices are entitled to a discount of 14% from February 11 to 19, 2023.

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Connected Women Subic Hosts An Innovative Meetup Experience

Empowering Women in Subic: Connected Women Subic Hosts An Innovative Meetup Experience

Exciting news for the women of Subic! 

Get ready for the first Connected Women Meetup of 2023, happening simultaneously in different municipalities across Zambales and beyond. The Connected Women Subic Meetup will be hosted by Jen Cajucom and co-hosted by Mitch Carvalho and Lynn Singian. It will be held on February 15, 6pm at Kairos House of Blends, located at the ground floor of the Balai Subik building along National Highway, Mangan-Vaca, Subic.

And that's not all. Other municipalities in Zambales will also be holding their own meetups, with Myra Concepcion hosting Connected Women Castillejos, Melissa Moscoso for Connected Women San Felipe and April Mora for Connected Women Olongapo. This will be in conjunction with Connected Women's community-led meetups held all over the Philippines and in other countries.

Since 2018, Connected Women meetups in Zambales have been hosted by Jen Cajucom and held as a single meetup for the whole province every 6-weeks. This time around, and as part of Connected Women's advocacy, we're bringing the meetups closer to the women of Zambales by having hosts for CW San Felipe, Castillejos, Subic, and Olongapo.

The Connected Women Subic meetup will be a little different from the others. The Connected Women Subic team believes that by really understanding the attendees on a deeper level and by knowing their goals, they can tailor future meetups to meet those needs. So, whether attendees are looking to boost their self-confidence, learn basic digital marketing skills for their businesses, or anything in between, Connected Women Subic will make sure that their journey will be a fruitful and meaningful one.

Join Connected Women Subic for a fun and insightful meetup, where attendees can connect with other like-minded women, share their experiences and stories, and learn from one another. This is a great opportunity for women in Zambales and beyond to come together and support each other in achieving their personal and professional goals. Don't miss out on this empowering experience!

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Brother Philippines and Luneta park photographers capture “Memories for Life”

(From L-R) Rolando A. Reyes , Samahan ng Malayang Photographer sa Luneta Inc. (SMPLI), Member; Eduardo F. Agustin, SMPLI, Auditor; Ronald C. Quintana, SMPLI, Sgt.-At-Arms; Shinichi Tanaka, Manager of the Product Management Group of Brother Philippines; Cecilio S. Compoc, SMPLI, President; Shiela Rose C. Javier, NPDC, Park Trading Committee, Chairperson; Dannica T. Iway, NPDC, Park Trading Committee, Secretary; Carlo R. Villanueva, Flower Clock Photographers Association Inc. (FCPAI), President; Rowena A. Saucero, FCPAI, Treasurer; Benhur R. Rubas, FCPAI, Board Member; Bartolome B. Miranda, SMPLI, Member

Brother Philippines partnered with Luneta Park’s Street photographers to boost their business and give park visitors printed souvenirs that they can cherish for life.

The “Memories for Life” activity was held on February 5, 2023. Brother Philippines set up printing stations at Mabini Hall and the Japanese Garden. Photographers printed the photos they took using high-quality printers and assistance from professional graphic artists.

The event kicked off at 9 am, with an opening speech from Shinichi Tanaka, Product Management Group Manager of Brother Philippines.  

“Everyone has hundreds of photos in their camera phone. However, a printed photo can turn those memories into a tangible memento that can be felt and held,” Tanaka later said in an interview. “We are proud to partner with veteran street photographers and provide them with the latest tools to capture those moments in vivid, living color.” 

Brother Philippines also announced that it was strengthening the Customer Plus, an exclusive loyalty program. Established in 2019, it offers more after-sales customer benefits, like a quick access to Brother’s Customer Service Team, an exclusive in-app shopping feature called the iShop, and monthly raffle activities. The program will soon be offering more perks and surprises. During the Memories for Life campaign, Brother Philippines also acknowledged loyal Customer Plus members with a special gift.

The “Memories for Life” campaign is part of the company’s celebration of its twenty-third anniversary in the Philippines, and its motto of #BeingAtYourSide. 

“For over two decades in the country, our goal has been to demonstrate our motto through providing customers with affordable high-quality products that can help them in every aspect of their life—from being more productive at work, to preserving everyday moments and special celebrations,” said Tanaka.  

The Memories for Life activity at Luneta Park reflects this motto by helping photographers with their livelihood while providing park visitors with photos that capture a precious memory. 

To learn more about the brand and its products, visit the Brother Philippines website at

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About Brother Philippines

Brother Philippines is a sales subsidiary of the Brother Group. Established in Japan in 1908, the Brother Group delivers products and services to customers all over the world, with manufacturing and sales facilities in 44 countries and regions. Brother Philippines offers products and services with Brother expertise in a wide range of fields such as printing and solutions, home and embroidery sewing machines, labelers, and scanners. Since its establishment in the Philippines in the year 2000, Brother has been placing its customers first everywhere, every time, and has been providing them with superior value with high quality products and services. Brother also prides itself with its sustainable business practices, taking responsibility, acting respectfully, and making a positive difference through Brother Earth.